Bob Beacham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Beacham has always had a fascination for all things mechanical and received an engineering degree from Aylesbury College in the UK. During his 35-year career, he has worked on everything from automotive components to oil rigs. On weekends you will often find him tinkering with a car or motorcycle. He’s also a DIY enthusiast, and with a great deal of help from his wife has completely renovated two derelict buildings, turning them into comfortable homes. He now splits his time between contract work and writing articles that share his practical experience. He may be the last person on earth who isn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.

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JANUARY 30, 2023 | MONDAY
The Best Undercounter Refrigerators of 2023

A small undercounter fridge is often among the best options for a small apartment, and it can be equally valuable in a large kitchen as a way to store overflow items or for quick and conv...

JANUARY 30, 2023 | MONDAY
The Best Portable Sawmills of 2023

Sooner or later, homesteaders and folks who regularly convert trees into usable (and valuable) lumber may wish to own a portable sawmill. These devices consist of a track that clamps onto...

JANUARY 19, 2023 | THURSDAY
How to Weld Your Own Stuff

Welding is an increasingly popular hobby, and for good reason. It can be used to fix a gate or repair a car, saving a bundle in the process. DIY welding projects can also include attracti...

JANUARY 13, 2023 | FRIDAY
The Best Countertop Dishwashers of 2023

When space is limited, countertop dishwashers are a great alternative to bulky built-in models. The best models are quiet, energy efficient, and despite their diminutive size, loaded with...

DECEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
9 Types of Welds and When to Use Them

When learning how to weld, it’s important to research the best welder for your needs. Another essential element of this skill is understanding the different types of welds, as each has an...

DECEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
How to Paint Particle Board

Whether or not particle board can be successfully painted is a question that crops up quite often, and usually it’s for a few popular reasons. Sometimes particle board was used for constr...

DECEMBER 23, 2022 | FRIDAY
The 22 Most Useful Home Products Bob Vila Readers Bought in 2022

Every year product experts at Bob Vila do thousands of hours of hands-on testing and online research. We carry out in-depth investigations of hundreds of home and garden products so visit...

DECEMBER 20, 2022 | TUESDAY
MIG vs. TIG Welding: What All DIYers Should Know

MIG vs. TIG welding is a debate that has been going on for decades. Both are types of arc welding commonly used by amateurs and professionals alike. Both offer versatility and relatively ...

NOVEMBER 29, 2022 | TUESDAY
Composite vs. Wood Deck: Which Is Right for Your Outdoor Space?

There are few experiences better than a sunny evening of relaxing or entertaining on a backyard deck. As a result, deck building is a hugely popular DIY project that can be accomplished w...

NOVEMBER 22, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! How Long Does Polyurethane Take to Dry?

Q: I am reviving an old oak floor, and polyurethane seems like an attractive, hard-wearing finish. However, I’m finding conflicting info on polyurethane drying time. Some online advice va...